"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing!"
So, I did what I usually do when I get writers block and need inspiration for a blog post. I started looking at past trip photos. After looking at, ohhh, 200+ pictures, I finally found the perfect shot for this week's quote!
I'm sure some of you are thinking, "What in the world?" So, let me explain.
1. I love Walt Disney World.
2. I love my job as a youth minister to the best group of youth EVER!
3. I've wanted to share my love of WDW with my youth for the past 9 years, but have never had the chance to until this past summer.
We finally quit talking about going to Walt Disney World as a group and we did it! The picture above was on our last night in the Magic Kingdom. We had just had pictures made in front of Cinderella Castle and we were about to split into groups to finish our time in the Magic Kingdom. One of my seniors said, "Huddle up! FUMC (First United Methodist Church) on three... ONE... TWO... THREE!" Then, all of the youth got together, put their hands in the middle of the circle and shouted "FUMC" as loud as they could right in the middle of the hub! That was my best memory of the trip!
On our trip, we spent 3 days on our mission trip working on homes in the Orlando area, 1 evening at Downtown Disney, 1 day at Epcot and 1 day at Magic Kingdom. I would have loved to spend more time there with my youth, but money was a factor. We had been trying to find a way to get us all down there for years, but I couldn't find a way to make it "fit" into youth ministry. Going for "Night of Joy" was too far for a weekend and I could't justify a "fun" trip with my youth without going for a retreat, or special event like Night of Joy. This summer's trip was the best of both worlds. We would work on homes half of the week and visit my happy place the rest of the week. Bonus was, we spent time at each World Showcase country learning about missions and needs in each country.
Trip reports to come! :)